Adding a blog to your site these days is like adding an Atari to your home-entertainment system. Blogs were cool for a few weeks back in 1989 when they were invented by Doogie Howser, M.D. They were cynically adopted by the mainstream media soon after, and have since become the Internet equivalent of snap bracelets and the Rubick's Cube.
The only people who use the word "blog" these days are Arianna Huffington and the guides at the Museum of Natural History. Smartly, Cracked decided to give ours a name that would distance us from this rapidly aging Web trend: The Official Cracked Blog.
The real death knell of any Internet fad is having AOL get in on the action. Of course, AOL purchased Weblogs Inc. three years ago. That's right, we got beat to the punch by AOL (by three years), which is like losing a game of slaps to Robert DeNiro's character in Awakenings.
This is going to blow your freaking minds, but we've transformed our Web links section so you guys can submit and vote on the funniest links of the day.
While we've never been to this site called "Digg" people keep telling us about, we understand that they have a pretty similar thing going on over there.
AOL already tried that, too! Specifically, they tried to turn the front page of one-time Internet titan Netscape into Digg.
It wasn't a total copy. They had thumbnails next to the stories and they bothered to change the header so it said Netscape instead of Digg. But, it was a pretty obvious trend poaching, and users stayed away in droves.
When asked to explain the failure, AOL Chief Tom Drapeau said "users do have a desire for a social news experience, but simply didn't expect to find it on Netscape.com." They cut the quote off there, but we feel safe assuming that Drapeau went on to say that "users instead expect to find their social news experience on the websites of former MAD magazine competitors."